The Green Bay Bullfrogs officially hired Kirk Shrider as the new skipper for the 2018 season. Shrider currently serves as an assistant coach at Hope International University, NAIA program located in Fullerton, Calif. Shrider just completed his third season on the Royals coaching staff. Shrider is no stranger to the prestigious Northwoods League. Prior to this summer in Titletown, Shrider spent the last two summers as an assistant coach with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Shrider’s extensive collegiate summer baseball experience goes beyond the Northwoods League. He spent time with the Southern California Outlaws of the Western Baseball Association and the Gold Coast Collegiate League (Florida). In addition to his strong coaching background, Shrider also was a professional scout for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1993 to 1995.
Ron Hall is currently the head coach at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, Calif. He spent a number of years coaching college baseball and high school baseball including coaching stints in the California Community College ranks (Cerritos College and Cypress College), NAIA (Azusa Pacific University) and the Division 1 level (University of Utah).Coach Hall has also coached various American Legion and Connie Mack summer teams as well as in the Cape Cod Summer League, home of the best college talent in the country (Brewster Whitecaps). He has coached a variety of young men that have gone onto play at the College, Minor League and Major League levels. A number of his former players have also gone on to coach at the high school, college and professional levels.Along with his coaching experience he brings a great deal of knowledge in instruction. Coach Hall was the National Director for America’s Baseball Camps, which puts on camps all across the country. He has also held individual instruction and been an Associate Scout for the San Francisco Giants.
Casey Schuermann looks to mentor the Bullfrog offense in his first summer in the Green Bay organization. He currently serves as an assistant coach at Waldorf University, NAIA program in Forest City, Iowa. Schuermann played at Waldorf for two years as a transfer from Spoon River College. He graduated from Waldorf in 2014. Schuermann brings plentiful experience from collegiate summer baseball.During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Schuermann was the assistant head coach for the Laramie Colts of the Rocky Mountain Baseball League. He joined the North Fork Ospreys of the Hamptons Collegiate League as a pitching coach during the summer of 2016. In 2016, Schuermann was named head coach of the Crown Point Sharks of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate League.
Matt Ellenbest will lead the Bullfrog pitching staff for his second straight summer in Titletown. He is currently an assistant coach at Kaskaskia College, a junior college program in Centralia, Illinois. Before coaching, Ellenbest was a right-handed pitcher at the Division I level for Morehead State University. He played three years with the Eagles as a redshirt after transferring from Wabash Valley College. He appeared in 24 games out of the bullpen as a redshirt sophomore in 2014, tallying 19 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings of work with a 2-2 record on the bump. Ellenbest graduated from Morehead State in 2017 with a Master of Arts degree in Communications.